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  1. LennyC

    Emgality for episodic

    Aging out or not, it's possible that one branded cgrp agent may work better than another for a specific patient - so if Emgality didnt work, try Aimovig
  2. LennyC

    Emgality for episodic

    I've been on the Amgen version, Aimovig, since August of 2018, I had previously done 2 rounds of dexamethasone in the summer of 2018, finally busted my episode with a few rounds of MM - so I technically started the Aimovig while not in episode. One 70mg injection per month. I've been headache free for well over a year. I'll turn 60 this month, had been dealing with the beast for about 25 years. I also think I might be aging out, so that might have something to do with it. Personally, I think the cgrp inhibitors are better as a preventative, possibly not strong enough to break a full-on episode. Also, if one doesn't work, try another maker - there may be slight differences between the brands. Best wishes.
  3. If you get to the third level of what she recommends, it's definitely keto -
  4. LennyC

    OHSU Psilocybin Study?

    Go to the Theory and implementation board, lots of instructions there
  5. LennyC

    Aimovig, new CGRP inhibitor

    Just an update, still headache free. There are now three different MABs available for the CGRP pathway - Aimovig, Emgality, and Ajovy. If you haven't tried one yet, please do. It might be a life changer. My 2 cents, I'm not sure if it would break a cycle, so if you are in the throes of a major cycle, I'd start a steroid taper and the MAB at the same time to break/prophylax the cluster episode.
  6. I've been keto on and off for many years, I believe that it definitely helps. If anybody want to read an easy to follow version, read the Wahls Protocol by Terry Wahls -
  7. LennyC

    Aimovig, new CGRP inhibitor

    So I've been headache free since I started this drug five months ago. If you can try it, I say go for it. Best of luck. Lenny
  8. LennyC

    Aimovig, new CGRP inhibitor

    So it's been about 2 weeks since my Aimovig injection, and about 11 days since I last took any steroids. I've been basically HA free, except for one weird thing yesterday. I felt like I was about to get hit - kip 2 ish - and I slammed a 5hr energy, which is my typical protocol. It got a little worse, maybe kip 3/4, and then leveled off, didn't go after the O2 since I was driving. after about 1/2 hour, I noticed my left eye tearing (HAs always on my left side). Usually I don't get the other symptoms (eye tear, nose stuffy, tooth pain, etc.) unless my HA gets to a kip 6/7. I wonder whether the Aimovig blocking CGRP kept the pain down, but the collateral symptoms came anyway. Weird, like I said. I also revived my ketogenic diet a few days ago, and even my shadows are gone. Not that I'm going to have any red wine anytime soon -------
  9. LennyC

    Aimovig, new CGRP inhibitor

    If I can get my cycle to quit, I'll do whatever out-of-episode prophylaxis is available - I've burned through almost everything else. Over the past 20 years, I've been on Topamax, Depakote, Keppra, Verapamil, Lithium, Lamotrigine, Lacosamide, and Oxcarbazepine. I've done 1 g Depacon Infusions with Solumedrol. I did Botox every 3 months for 1.5 years. I've done occipital and temporal nerve blocks. The beast always returned. I recently has about a 2 year break - on zero drugs - after a MM bust and having a little left over for every 2 month boost x 4 rounds. Which brings us to now - I have excellent insurance, and the Aimovig Ally program will keep my costs down for at least a year - so if I don't see any adverse events from doing the monthly shots, I'll keep doing them until the HAs return, then re-evaluate. If my episode doesn't break from the dex, I'll be busting again. As to the mechanism of action of the CGRP inhibitor - it is supposed to reduce number of hits and intensity. CGRP is a "messenger" type neural chemical, whose message is typically "pain". It's one of three secondary chemicals that intensify migraine pain, after the activation of the serotonergic receptors at the outset of the headache. It's entirely possible that this mechanism will have more relevance to chronic cluster than episodic, but we'll see. As to the cost - nobody should be paying $7000/year for this or any drug. If you have any sort of commercial insurance, there is co-pay assistance through Amgen. If you don't have insurance, you should apply for full-on patient assistance programs. Paying full cash price for branded drugs can be avoided most of the time. Start with pparx.org if you need help. Lenny
  10. So I started my episode around mid-July, quickly ramped up to 4x hits a day, avoided triptans as much as possible with O2 and 5hr Energies - go to be a bit too much, started a dexamethasone taper a little over 2 weeks ago, have 3 days left of 4 mgs a day - no headaches while on dex. My neuro got me signed up for new Amgen CGRP monoclonal inhibitor, took my first 70 mg dose this morning. In the past, sometimes the dex taper broke my episode, but sometimes not. 2 years ago, I used MM to do it, working on getting some more if possible in case all this new stuff doesn't work. I'll keep y'all in the loop. The injection itself was easy, way less painful than Sumatriptan injection.
  11. LennyC

    Any new treatments

    Amgen's new CGRP inhibitor Aimovig, a monoclonal antibody, should be available, and has had some success in cluster. Talk to your neurologist.
  12. LennyC

    Help with M tank regulators

    I use a welding regulator, but I've also had the good fortune to pick up 2 demand valves on eBay over the years - one for the car and one for the house, both hooked up to M-90 tanks I get from Lincare -
  13. LennyC

    0-25 Regulator and Demand Valve

    The cushy mask. https://www.medexsupply.com/ems-supplies-airway-management-resuscitation-masks-allied-healthcare-reusable-cuffed-mask-adult-size-4-x_pid-73649.html?pid=73649&gclid=CjwKEAjwrcC9BRC2v5rjyvSbhWASJACKkjDzS0KOQ_c3FCR6Qcy9F__9AI9hnPETzGA_rtuAEsEalRoClVbw_wcB The dog ate mine a few months ago, and I just ordered a new one. I wonder if you can use it with a standard bag setup, instead of the cheap plastic re-breather masks - the value of a mask like this, I suppose, depends on how much you use the O2.
  14. LennyC

    0-25 Regulator and Demand Valve

    I would want 50 lpm for a 40 lpm demand valve, mine says you could use 40-90. Most DISS fittings (as opposed to the hose bib that will give you what you set) off a regular 15/25 lpm regulator run at 50 lpm, but you need to check that with the regulator specs. The dial that chooses the lpm usually doesn't regulate the secondary DISS fittings. When you use a demand valve, you get the lpm of how hard you are inhaling, up to the valve maximum. I've only seen 40 and 120 lpm demand valves. I have a 40 ---
  15. LennyC

    Rocking the boat ?

    I got testosterone replacement therapy for low T as one part of my preventative regimen. I asked my neuro for it after reading this paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16732838and printing it out for my doc. Testosterone, melatonin, all sorts of things affect each other, and you have to have a holistic approach to the balancing the whole system -
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